Oxford Summer Academy

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Basic Information

Address: Oxford Summer Academy, 1 London Place, Oxford OX4 1BD, UK
Phone Number: +44 (0)1865 594347
Fax Number: N/A
Director: Dr Mario Peters
Duration: 2 and 4 weeks each July

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Additional Information

School Information:

The Oxford Summer Academy is an academic and cultural program designed for high-school students, aged 15-19. Participants are introduced to the unique environment of Oxford, England, and experience at first-hand what it is like to study at Oxford University.
The Oxford Summer Academy is a comprehensive package. The program includes academic tuition during the mornings, participation in electives during the afternoons, and a wide range of cultural activities and excursions, as well as evening social events.
Seminars and advice are given on making university applications.


In a 2-week course, 24 hours of academic tuition are delivered during mornings. Students spend 15 hours on their electives during the afternoons.

Financial Aid:

Limited bursaries are available. Apply by January for consideration

Curriculum Highlights:

Welcome Reception and Dinner. Full Day Excursions to Roman Bath and Prehistoric Stonehenge, Cambridge University, London, The Cotwolds and Stratford upon Avon. Theatre Visits and Punting. Student Debate, Photography Exhibition and Gala Dinner, Thorpe Park.

School Setting:

The Oxford Summer Academy is held at St Edmund Hall, a medieval college of Oxford University. Accommodation is in twin bedrooms. Classes take place each day at Oxford International College.

Program Information: The Oxford Summer Academy is a comprehensive package. The program includes academic tuition during the mornings, participation in electives during the afternoons, and a wide range of cultural activities and excursions. In each fortnight of their stay, students choose one major and one minor option.

"I had an absolutely fantastic time, learnt a lot, gained so much confidence and made some amazing friends who I will keep in touch with forever. I had a truly unforgettable time! Thank you for enabling me to gain a greater understanding of university life and what it takes to get in to the top universities like Oxford and Cambridge!" "When I arrived at the start of the course, I had no idea how much I was going to enjoy my time in Oxford and of course, how much I was going to learn! I really do feel like the experience has been invaluable and the level of teaching I received was superb. Both Terry and Renata were two of the best tutors I've ever had and I only wish I could continue to have such high quality teaching for my last year of sixth form! The electives were also incredibly well-taught and so much fun. For organising such a fantastic course, I'd really like to say a huge thank you. It was the highlight of my year (so far!) and I only hope it helps other students as much as it's helped me and that it continues for many years to come." "Saskia really enjoyed her two weeks and is really pleased she has done the course. She mentioned that whereas the first few days she thought that 2 weeks would be long enough, by the end she felt that she would have enjoyed and benefitted from another 2 weeks! It seems to me that the course has been set up in such a way so as to give the pupils a taste of what being a student can be like but at the same time making sure that it all works within a safe environment. Really well organised! Saskia particularly enjoyed her major and elective, in fact she loved 'Introduction to Medical Biology' and wished she could have stayed on to learn more! She has now discovered that she really likes the combination of biology and chemistry and that biochemistry may also be an option. Her major/BMAT tutor has really helped her a lot with information regarding UCAS application, courses and universities to consider. A very big thank you to that tutor in particular. Her two weeks at the Oxford Summer Academy were a major help to Saskia. She saw a side to biology that sparked new interest, made her realise that she could spend the whole day studying biology and find it enjoyable, and it also gave her the confidence to apply to universities in the UK." "Thank you for such a wonderful experience. Yasmine loved it there and was only sad about having to leave. She also came home with an extremely positive opinion of the UK and Oxford. She came away with more knowledge, new friends, and a lifelong love of Oxford and the UK. We were delighted with the academics and that Yasmine's major instructor is on the English faculty at an Oxford college. However, our decision to enroll was not just about academics, but also about care, and in this regard your program also exceeded our expectations. I would like to especially commend Genevieve Dear in her interaction with parents. In both her competence and manner, Gen reassured us of our decision to enroll our child in your program. Every time we called, she was extremely helpful and had already implemented every detail of our last conversation; we knew Yasmine would not be lost in the shuffle. In addition, we did not need to contact anyone else at OSA because Gen handled all our questions and arrangements with such thoroughness and thoughtfulness. After Yasmine's arrival, our confidence in the program was further solidified as our daughter consistently reported the superior staff, hospitality and organization of the entire program. Thank you to everyone at Oxford Summer Academy for your excellent academic delivery and pastoral care of the students. And thank you especially for Gen's excellent pastoral care of the parents. She made this leap across a giant pond turn out to be so easy for us."


The course starts with a Welcome Reception where students, parents, staff and tutors can get to know each other in a friendly and informal setting.

The end of each course is marked by several events. Photography students mount an exhibition and the Debate students stage a public debate. The Creative Writing magazine is published after each 2 week course and on the final Friday evening, there is a gala dinner.